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United Nations General Assembly
The International Day to Commemorate the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Statement by Jim McLay, New Zealand Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 26 March 2012

Slavery, Mr President, is an abomination. It always has been and, regrettably, even in this 21st century, it remains with us – an abomination.

As an expression of solidarity with all victims of slavery, New Zealand will contribute the sum of US$10,000 to the United Nations Trust Fund for Partnerships – Permanent Memorial; and, in so doing, we thank CARICOM, and we thank Jamaica, for bringing this issue to the General Assembly.

In addition, Mr President, the staff of the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations will personally contribute to a collective mission donation to that same fund. That, too, is an expression of solidarity – and an expression of personal solidarity – with all victims of slavery.






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